Do Anglicans pray to Mary?

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  1. Religious Fanatic

    Religious Fanatic Well-Known Member

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    My understanding of intercessory prayer has more to do with the idea that we need others with a pure conscience to pray for things we're not able to see in ourselves or ask God with confidence, but I think it makes more sense with a living person than with a saint in heaven. Why? Well, if you can believe and ask for prayer for a saint in heaven to intercede then you have enough faith in the supernatural to believe in some spiritual world and ask God, as far as I'm concerned. For someone doubting their faith, but yet inspired by the continuing faith of others and asking them that if there is a God, that they'll pray for them when they are deficient in trust or faith, that makes a difference. We pray for the same things over and over again in our lifetime because we don't generally have enough strength as humans to trust in God all the time, so even if, say, I prayed for a relative's salvation over a decade again, but still pray for it again on and on so long as it hasn't come to pass, it's because I am regenerating or renewing my faith in God's fulfillment of something I am continually longing for.
     
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    Thank you for you enlightening words.
     
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    Peterprint stated the case well - It is an issue of piety, not requirement.
     
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    I used to. I didn't make a daily thing of it, but I would pray it a couple times a month. Now, I pray the Anglican Prayer Beads.
     
  5. Lowly Layman

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    I often pray the Hail Mary, in its primitive form (meaning without the portion added on at the Council of Trent "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners..." Though I have no problem with the Tridentine add-on). It is beautiful devotion reminding us of the Mary's singular role in the miracle of the incarnation of Christ. Given that the Hail Mary may have been in currency as early as the 8th century and certainly by the 11th century, it was a fixture of Anglican devotion for hundreds of years before the reformation. No reason that I can see not to return it to its former glory.
     
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